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Gastro Science

One of the most advanced gastroenterology hospital in Ernakulam, the Department of Gastroenterology at Aster Medcity offers highly specialised Medical Gastroenterology and Surgical Gastroenterology services for comprehensive management of diseases and disorders of the digestive system in adults and children.

Designed to function like an independent hospital, the Centre has an outpatient division, an inpatient division, a day care unit, a state-of-the-art diagnostic / interventional radiology unit, dedicated surgical and transplant suites, ICUs and a 24-hour emergency wing to handle all medical and surgical emergencies.

The world-class medical team comprising highly-acclaimed Medical Gastroenterologists, Surgical Gastroenterologists, Hepatologists, Hepato Pancreato Biliary & Abdominal Multi-Organ Transplant Surgeons, Gastrointestinal Oncologists, Interventional Radiologists, Nuclear Physicists and Pathologists provides evidence-based, multidisciplinary treatment to patients, with the support of speciality-trained Nurses, Rehabilitation Therapists and Technicians.

Aster Centre of Excellence in Gastroenterology offers a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic medical technology to ensure high-precision diagnosis, accurate treatment and the best possible outcomes.

Aster Medcity is the first hospital in the world to perform a simultaneous live-donor liver and kidney transplant on a 20-month old toddler weighing just 7 kilograms.

Treatments & Procedures

We provide comprehensive treatment for all types diseases under one roof. Our highly experienced doctors supported by especially trained clinical staff, ensure the best care for you.

Advanced Technology & Facilities

Well equipped with the latest medical equipment, modern technology & infrastructure, Aster Hospital is one of the best hospitals in India.

Operation Theatres

ORI Fusion Digital Integrated Operation Theatres With 22 Operating Rooms that are on par with some of the largest in the world, Aster Medcity, for the first time South India, introduces ORI Fusion Digital Integrated Operation Theatres using Karlstorz OR1 Fusion - Asia Pacific’s first complete digital integration system.
The integration enables real-time sharing of images, videos and medical reports, which not only facilitates virtual participation from any location in the world but also helps the rest of the surgical team to monitor the patient closely during the operative procedure, much to the benefit and safety of the patient undergoing the surgery.
Aster Medcity is also the first surgical facility in the state to offer Robotic Surgery using a high-precision da Vinci Surgery Robot.

 

Advanced Features
  • PACS, HIS, and video recording integrated for single monitor control by Surgeons
  • Each Operating Room has 3 cameras and 6 monitors for Doctors to monitor patient parameters and the surgical procedures
  • Operative procedures can be transmitted live to various locations within and outside the Hospital
  • Facilities for interactive sessions during operation through live transmission of the procedure
  • Doctors can join the Surgical team and monitor the patient from any location outside the hospital
  • Da Vinci Surgical Robot for performing minimally invasive Robotic Surgery
  • State-of-the-art engineering techniques to maintain positive pressure within operating rooms along with heap filters to reduce infections
  • Individual air handling unit for each Operating Room
  • Equipped with Isocentric C Arm
  • Advanced facilities to monitor including depth of Anaesthesia, Neuromuscular Monitoring, Transcranial Doppler and 3D Echocardiogram
  • High-end Anaesthesia workstation with precision delivery of Anaesthetic gases
  • Autopilot facility Anaesthesia machines
  • Capability to export information to all ICUs within the hospital
  • Induction bay with facilities for parents to be with children during induction of Anaesthesia
  • As all Operating Rooms here are approximate of the same size, they can accommodate a variety of equipment- surgical, as well as those for ensuring the safety and protection of the patient
  • Stringent Infection Control measures followed under the surveillance of experienced Doctors
     
Anesthesia Team
  • Perioperative anesthetic care
  • Anesthesia for solid organ transplant
  • Invasive monitoring of deep hypothermic circulatory arrest and associated techniques
  • Anesthetic support for SSEP and MEP
  • Anesthesia for infants, neonates, and children
  • Anesthesia for craniofacial reconstructive and cosmetic surgery
  • Labor analgesia and obstetric Anaesthesia
  • Regional anesthetic techniques with ultrasound and PNS
  • Transesophageal echocardiography
  • Fiber optic bronchoscopy
  • Difficult intubation maneuvers
  • Intar aortic balloon support
  • Inotropes vasodilators and vasopressors
  • ECMO and LVAD assistance
  • Neuro monitoring: BIS, NIRS, neuromuscular monitoring, TCD
  • Special anesthetic techniques for awake craniotomies
  • Blood conservative measures
Seamless Team Work

The ORI Fusion Digital Integration system in the Operating Rooms helps create a workflow that’s seamless by enabling virtual participation of Doctors in the procedure, from whichever part of the world they are in at that point in time. As all medical reports and image modalities including the operation procedure can be transmitted live to any location inside or outside the hospital, Doctors can become a part of the Surgery Team on a real-time basis, wherein they can interact with Surgeons in the OR, closely monitor the procedure as well as patient parameters and contribute their expert suggestions.

  • Karl Storz OR1 Fusion Technology
  • Single monitor control enabled through integration of PAC, HIS & Video Recording
  • Live to share all image modalities & medical reports
  • 3 cameras and 6 monitors in every OR.
Waiting Lounge

Aster Medcity understands that the time of surgery is stressful for the family of the Patient as well, which is why the bystander’s waiting lounge has been designed in such a way that it provides a calming, comforting ambiance

Scenic view of the backwaters from the visitor's lounge, Recliner Chairs, Cafeteria

Guest Relation Team who updates the bystanders on patient’s progress at regular intervals and ensures a warm, hospitable atmosphere.

 

FAQs

Want to find out more about the treatment? The answer to your questions can be found below.

What is Obesity?

Obesity is a complex disease characterized by abnormal or excessive accumulation of fat in body that may impair health. People who have obesity are prone to develop heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer.

What are the causes of Obesity?

The primary cause of obesity is the energy imbalance between calories consumed and calories expended. Overweightness is commonly caused by over eating and sedentary lifestyle. For instance, if you consume high amounts of energy, particularly fat and sugars, but do not burn off the energy through exercise and physical activity, much of the surplus energy will be stored by the body as fat. Factors that can lead to obesity are, Increased intake of energy-dense foods that are high in fat and sugars Decrease in physical activity due to the increasingly sedentary nature of work Environmental and societal changes associated with development Lack of supportive policies in health, agriculture, environment, food processing and education Diseases – Hypothyroidism, Chronic stress, Insomnia & Hypersomnia Eating Disorders Smoking cessation Drugs

What are the diseases associated with obesity?

There are several ailments associated with overweightness, an obese person has more chance to develop other disease conditions such as,

Cardiovascular diseases - Ischemic Heart Disease and Stroke
Hypertension
Insulin Resistance & Diabetes Mellitus
Dyslipidaemia
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea & Hypoventilation Syndrome
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease - NASH – CLD
Gallbladder disorders
PCOS & Infertility
Musculoskeletal disorders - Osteoarthritis
Cancers - Endometrium, Breast, Kidney, Liver, Prostate, Esophagus, Colon.
Psychological disorders.
The risk for these diseases increases with increase in BMI.

What are the treatments available for obesity?

The aim of the obesity treatment is to maintain a healthy Body mass index (BMI) to prevent many other diseases associated with obesity. Following a healthy dietary pattern and regular physical activity helps in sustaining overall health.

Is bariatric procedure safe?

Yes, it is relatively safe procedure with the help of cutting-edge modern technology and experienced medical team at Aster Medcity, Kochi

Are there any side effects of undergoing bariatric surgery?

The side effects of bariatric surgery are relatively lesser compared to the health issues that you suffer from obesity. Some side effects may include general weakness, malnutrition, temporally hair loss. You can overcome these issues by following the guidelines from dietitian and doctor.

When would I be able to return to work after bariatric surgery?

Usually, it may take up to one to two weeks to return to work, depending on the type of procedure that you undergo.

What types of digestive system conditions are addressed by gastroenterologists?

Gastroenterologists address a wide range of digestive system conditions, including acid reflux, ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding, liver disorders, pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and various other issues affecting the digestive tract and its associated organs.

What question should you ask a gastroenterologist?

When consulting a gastroenterologist, ask about the best dietary and lifestyle practices for maintaining digestive health, options for managing your specific condition, potential risks and benefits of recommended procedures or medications, and what resources or support services are available for ongoing care.

When should I consider seeing a gastroenterologist?

You should consider seeing a gastroenterologist if you experience persistent abdominal pain, changes in bowel habits, heartburn, difficulty swallowing, or any other digestive issues that affect your daily life. Seeking their expertise can help diagnose and manage these concerns effectively.

What are the most common types of conditions that gastroenterologists treat?

Gastroenterologists commonly treat conditions such as acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), celiac disease, gallbladder issues, liver disorders, and gastrointestinal cancers. Their expertise also encompasses managing digestive symptoms and concerns.

How obesity can be identified?

The ideal way to measure obesity is by calculating Body mass index (BMI) of a person. BMI is defined as a person's weight in kilograms divided by the square of his height in meters (kg/m2). Increased BMI shows high body fatness.

Do Genetic reasons cause obesity?

Genetic predisposition is one of the reasons for obesity, it is a well-known and currently proven fact. Around 43% of the general population is susceptible to become obese due to genetic factors.

Is obesity curable?

Obesity is a progressive and relapsing chronic disease which can be either prevented or reduced by losing weight by following a healthy dietary pattern and regular regimen of exercise.

What is bariatric surgery?

It is a surgical intervention to promote weight loss by making changes to your digestive system. Decreasing the size of the stomach creates a feeling of fullness when you eat.

When to opt for bariatric surgery, am I the ideal candidate?

Bariatric procedures are suggested to you if other weight management measures are failed and you suffer from obesity related health conditions

When should I be able to do exercise after bariatric surgery?

About 150 minutes of weekly exercises are suggested after the procedure, moderate activities like walking and jogging can be done depending on the individual’s health condition.

What advancements or technologies are utilized by gastroenterologists?

Gastroenterologists utilize various advancements and technologies, including endoscopy, which allows them to visualize the digestive tract and take biopsies, as well as imaging techniques like CT scans and MRIs to diagnose and monitor conditions such as Crohn's disease and colorectal cancer.  

Will a gastroenterologist help manage side effects during treatment?

Yes, gastroenterologists can effectively manage side effects during treatment by providing tailored approaches to alleviate symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, or digestive discomfort. They can also adjust treatment plans to minimize unwanted effects and ensure your overall well-being.

How should i prepare for my first visit to gastroenterologist

Before your first visit to a gastroenterologist, it's advisable to compile a list of symptoms, medical history, and current medications. Additionally, it's helpful to jot down any questions or concerns you may have regarding your digestive health to discuss during the appointment.

What is the role of a gastroenterologist in a patient's treatment?

Gastroenterologists play a crucial role in a patient's treatment by diagnosing and managing digestive system conditions. They provide care, perform diagnostic procedures such as endoscopy and colonoscopy, offer treatment plans, and help alleviate symptoms to improve overall digestive health and well-being. 

Who is a gastroenterologist, and what do they do?

Gastroenterologists are medical professionals specializing in treating digestive system disorders. They diagnose and manage conditions such as gastritis, colon polyps, ulcers, and more. Additionally, they perform procedures like endoscopy and colonoscopy to aid in diagnosis and treatment. Contact us if you are on the lookout for the best gastroenterologist in Kochi.

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